Tippecanoe County resident wins statewide young farmer contest

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (NEWS) - Alan Duttlinger of Tippecanoe County is the winner of the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Discussion Meet.

The discussion meet, which was held Dec. 14 as part of the IFB state convention, is one of three major awards presented to Farm Bureau members age 35 or younger. In it, contestants participate in a group discussion that simulates a committee meeting.

Duttlinger and the other free finalists discussed “How should Farm Bureau engage farmer and rancher members, representing all types and kinds of operations (i.e., conventional, organic, large, small and niche markets) to work together to better promote a more positive image of agriculture?”

He will now represent Indiana next month at the national discussion meet held as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting.

Duttlinger lives in Tippecanoe County, but he is originally from Lake County, where he grew up on a grain and livestock farm. He is a graduate of Lowell High School and has a bachelor’s in animal science and a master’s in animal nutrition from Purdue. He is a researcher at Indiana Packers Corp. in Delphi. This was his first time competing in the discussion meet.

He said he decided to participate in the discussion meet as a way to reconnect with people in the industry.

“I learned so much along the way,” he said.

As state winner of the Young Farmer Discussion Meet, he receives a $4,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and expenses paid to the national convention in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 12-15.

The runners up were Katie Darr of Kosciusko County, C.J. Fleenor of Orange County, and Liz Stitzel of Clinton County. Each runner-up receives a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.